Category Archives: Arts Business

Yes, the Crazy Daysies are learning as they go with Facebook Live

Crazy Daysies at Waffle House

After a late night gig in Georgia, we were all starving. The first thing I said when we finally found a place open was, ‘Thank God for Waffle House’. (L to R: Jen Day Thompson, Rebecca Day/The Crazy Daysies)

When the Daysies started talking about doing a Facebook Live weekly show, I admit I had my doubts.

We’d already tried FB Live after the band collected a lot of food and supplies from supporters for a local pet charity. Jennifer and Rebecca delivered the food and supplies in person.

When I reviewed the video, I realized we had a few challenges.  Continue reading

For indie artists, the Emmy Awards herald opportunity

Mt. St. Helens erupted

Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980. Feelings in the country now are similar to political upheavals then.

Did you watch the Emmy Awards? I didn’t, but I read a lot of post-show coverage, enough to learn the show billed as entertainment was extremely political.

Regardless of your political leanings, the awards show indicates an abundance of opportunity in store for indie artists. Nothing illustrates my conclusion better than the symbolism of three ageing stars who appeared together on stage for the first time in many years.  Continue reading

After Irma, restoring property, schedules, and wallets

tree on roof after Irma

The top of a massive old oak crashed onto this roof. Such sights were common in Northeast Florida after Irma.

Hurricane Irma is one I will long remember. In the middle of the storm, I stood in the alcove on our front porch and watched the wind direct the trees like a conductor directs an orchestra. It was otherworldly, with the sounds the wind made and the constant green flashes in the sky from transformers blowing.

For many self-employed musicians, Irma was an assault on property, performance schedules, and wallets.  Continue reading

Booked and ready to gig, but short on creative time?

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Rainbow after the storm; photo IAS.

If you do music fulltime, you already have an idea of the challenges. Unless you have a team of helpers, you’re where the buck stops.

You do the promoting. And the booking. And the contract bids. And equipment maintenance. Press inquiries. Booking agency contacts. Taxes. Practices, and whatever else demands attention.

Amid all that, where is the creative time?  Continue reading

Indie music toolbox: Sites that may help you get to the next level

Crazy Daysies at Waffle House

After a late night gig in Georgia, we were all starving. The first thing I said when we finally found a place open was, ‘Thank God for Waffle House’. (L to R: Jen Day Thompson, Rebecca Day/The Crazy Daysies)

I’ve been helping the Crazy Daysies get ready for their first full length album release this fall. I have come to appreciate the work that goes into something like this as we try to cover all our bases.

One of my tasks has been to sleuth the Web for sites that might be useful. I found a few so I thought I’d share them here.

One site I found provides average earnings for different types of artists. Who knew? Continue reading

Band Mom: Hoby’s features indie crafts alongside popular honey and other wares

handcrafted jewelry Hoby's

Handcrafted jewelry at very reasonable prices at Hoby’s.

In the Mandarin community in Jacksonville (FL), Hoby’s Honey and General Store is a destination for many of us seeking honey, canned products like pickles and jalapenos, and other locally produced wares. Besides the quality of the products, the fact they’re unique is icing on the cake. There’s more to Hoby’s than things to eat, though. Continue reading

What’s ahead in indie country and Americana?

Dylan St. Lawrence U Yearbook 1964

Few musicians have had an effect on music as profound as Bob Dylan. Shown here in 1964. (Via Wikipedia: 1964 Yearbook, St. Lawrence University)

Corporate country has pretty much gone cookie cutter, with musical offerings sounding as much like pop as country. Americana remains a hybrid, but that label gives an artist plenty of wiggle room.

What’s ahead for indie country and Americana, two genres often appearing to be joined at the hip?

Look at two trendsetters—both of them have indie in their past, and both are currently dominating the charts and awards circuit.
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Headliner concerts may go with shorter sets, more special effects

Community First Seawalk Music Festival

Attendees arrived early for the Community First Seawalk Music Festival at Jacksonville Beach. Organizers presented a mix of indie and well known bands. Josh Turner closed out the concert. (Photo: Rebecca Day/The Crazy Daysies)

Recently I heard criticism from some folks who’d attended an outdoor concert here in Jacksonville. Our weather was iffy. The concert featuring a long list of established performers had to be briefly evacuated because of weather. And because that meant lost time, the top performers my friends had gone to see didn’t take the stage anywhere near on time.

Have you had a bad ‘big concert’ experience?  Continue reading

Band Mom: What’s your inspiration destination?

garden

Garden photo: Indie Art South

How many of us have been through times when we’d shake our head and wish for a couple more hours in the day because we’re so busy?

Everyone goes through that, artist or not. But for artists, it’s a double-edged sword.

Sometimes the business of art can crowd out the art. That’s why you need an inspiration destination close at hand.

Not long ago I was talking with my daughter. She’d booked heavily ahead of summer, doing solo, duo, trio and full band shows. She’d taken roughly three days off work in a 30-day period. Continue reading